There are beach walks, hundreds of trails for hikers or bikers...breathtaking waterfalls surprise you hidden deep in the massive forests that we are so fortunate to have. Almost everyone smiles at you as you see each other. If they don't, you feel a moment of sympathy. They must be from somewhere else, where everyday smiles aren't such a part of life.
If you're looking for a ‘big box’ shopping experience, the BC Sunshine Coast isn't going to be your nirvana. But, if you like lots of smaller stores and other indie (independent) businesses where all your needs can be met, you'll be quite happy.
Some folks feel trapped when they live here, because the ferry is the mode of transport between here and the mainland. But, for most of us, there's a sigh of relief when we return from a trip to Vancouver and hit the forest-lined winding road along the coast.
Most of the areas in the garden are now drip irrigated, thanks to my dearly beloved. Yesterday we even managed to improve on that. Strange how some things are hidden in almost plain sight. A trip to the shed brought out a lovely tank meant to hold water, a generous length of tubing with drippers still attached, and the tank even has a battery operated timer.
We discovered other finds inside the tank too, all neatly put away. There were some big bags for holding water, with more tubing and drippers. So now the tomatoes, blueberries and other fruiting plants are all taken care of, with the help of these almost forgotten water storage systems.
More and more blossoms appear on a weekly basis. The Mason bees are loving it, and so are the bumblies. I spend a lot if time just enjoying and getting to know them. Last week I found some wonderful clay for the masons, and made a little pile of it so they wouldn't have to fly so far to find the right stuff for sealing their little nests.
At this time they have completed and sealed 13 neat tubes of eggs and pollen/nectar balls in their little house.